CALL FOR ENTRIES

By CR Staff

Children’s Rights seeks participants for its 3rd annual Fostering the Future campaign.  Taking place in May (National Foster Care Awareness Month), the campaign highlights daily blogs that depict the experiences of people who have lived in state care. If interested, please email communications@childrensrights.org. Participants will submit a blog post of up to 750 words along with […]

NYC to Ban Solitary Confinement for People 21 and Under

By CR Staff

New York City officials announced a plan Tuesday to ban solitary confinement for people 21 and younger amid scrutiny over horrific conditions at the city’s notorious jail complex, Rikers Island, according to news reports. The decision comes on the heels of mounting criticism from advocacy groups, including Children’s Rights, who condemned the use of excessive […]

Advocates call for end to solitary confinement at public hearing

By CR Staff

(New York City) — Hundreds gathered Dec. 19 at a Board of Correction public hearing to address the contentious use of solitary confinement and proposed segregated housing in New York City jails. The City has proposed the creation of “Enhanced Supervision Housing Units” (ESHUs), a new form of high-security housing that would remove selected people […]

CR benefit brings compelling stories to light, raises awareness

By CR Staff

A crowd of approximately 300 guests gathered for the Ninth Annual Children’s Rights Benefit on Wednesday, October 29, to honor several extraordinary individuals whose efforts have made a difference for children in foster care, and to raise awareness and support for the national advocacy organization’s tireless work to bring sustainable change to failing child welfare […]

Lemonade stand raises awareness for CR

By CR Staff

Children’s Rights board members Jay Galluzzo and Dan Galpern, along with their children and many others, came together Oct. 19 at Flywheel Sports – Tribeca for a lemonade stand to raise awareness for CR. We so appreciate all who came out in support of our work!

Furthering Our Mission

By Marcia Robinson Lowry

Foster care is often discussed in statistics: about 640,000 kids spend time in care each year; nearly 15,000 children have been waiting for five or more years to be adopted; at least 25 states do not meet the federal standard for keeping kids safe while in care. But when it comes to raising awareness about […]

The Surrogacy Factor

By Alain Datcher

“I’m never leaving this place.” I will never forget the discouragement and hopelessness behind Marcus’ words. He and I had bonded during our time at MacLaren Hall – an asylum-like facility for Los Angeles County’s abused and neglected children. He had just heard the news that I’d be leaving in a week, to be placed […]

The Power of Support

By Sanni Brown-Adefope

My experience in foster care was a roller coaster ride. At 15, I was placed in foster care, when my mother’s struggles with mental illness elevated to the point that she could no longer take care of me and my younger sister. I lived in two foster homes with two totally different outcomes. The first […]

We Know How to Change Foster Care

By Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza

In 2010 I got a call from the founder of a nonprofit called the Possibility Project, requesting a meeting — they wanted to make a movie that would empower a group of foster care youth to tell their stories. Originally I thought the film might be more of a hybrid between documentary and fiction, but […]